Monthly Archives: February 2013

Where Do You Go To, My Lovely? Peter Sarstedt

You talk like Marlene Dietrich And you dance like Zizi Jeanmaire Your clothes are all made by Balmain And there’s diamonds and pearls in your hair, yes there are. You live in a fancy apartment Off the Boulevard St. Michel … Continue reading

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Wonder: G K Chesterton

The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder. G K Chesterton 1874-1936 The illustration is copyright: Philippe Put via Shutterstock

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Compensation: Harry Graham

Weep not for little Leonie Abducted by a French marquis! Though loss of honour was a wrench Just think how it’s improved her French. Harry Graham  1874-1936 Compensation (1930) The picture is called ‘Breakfast of an aristocrat’ by Pavel Fedotov. … Continue reading

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The Pathetic Fallacy: Alan Coren

Beware pathetic fallacy. Man’s confident assumption that his environment is so sympathetic to his moods as to kick in with complimentary props when he requires them bespeaks the kind of arrogance that invites come-uppance. Alan Coren 1938-2007 Seems Like Old … Continue reading

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We Still Tilt At Windmills

As they were thus discoursing, they discovered some thirty or forty windmills that are in that plain; and as soon as the knight had spied them…’Look yonder, friend Sancho, there are at least thirty outrageous giants, whom I intend to … Continue reading

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La Bohème: Charles Aznavour

Je vous parle d’un temps que les moins de vingt ans ne peuvent pas connâitre Montmartre en ce temps-là accrochait ses lilas Jusque sous nos fenêtres Et si l’humble garnis qui nous servait de nid ne payait pas de mine … Continue reading

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The Housewife’s Epitaph

Here lies a poor woman who always was tired For she lived in a place where help wasn’t hired. Her last words on earth were, “Dear friends, I am going Where washing ain’t done, nor sweeping, nor sewing, And everything … Continue reading

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Patience: Margaret Thatcher

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. (Baroness) Margaret Thatcher, 1925- The Observer, 4 April 1989 The illustration is copyright: Everett Collection  via Shutterstock

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‘It Was Einstein Who Made The Real Trouble’: Stephen Leacock

It was Einstein who made the real trouble. He announced in 1905 that there was no such thing as absolute rest. After that there never was. Stephen Leacock 1869-1944 The Boy I Left Behind Me (1947) The illustration is copyright: … Continue reading

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‘Warning’: Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money … Continue reading

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